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Over the holidays, I barely watched the news or read a newspaper. However, one story got my full attention. The press reported on a recently published medical journal article that showed a possible link between the long term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors or PPIs and calcium absorption, leading to an increased incidence of hip fractures in adults. You might be more familiar with the brand names of the PPIs such as Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec. Since many children routinely take PPI medications to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux, I knew this was an important study. I did receive a few emails from concerned parents about the study and I expect more to come in the next few days as everyone emerges from the holiday haze. First, Do NOT Panic! Remember that this is just one study and it is likely that more research is needed to confirm the link between PPIs and the risk of fractures. It is unclear if children will react to PPIs in the same way. Further, remember that elderly adults as a group ...
I sometimes get dirty looks from some of my friends when we talk about the menopausal transition. They often describe horrendous hot flashes that come unexpectedly. I, on the other hand, have had very few hot flashes. In fact, I basically figured out that in my case these rare occurrences (which were always night sweats) were triggered by drinking certain types of alcohol, such as beer and vodka. Therefore, once I avoided those drinks, I quit having hot flashes (and yes, I consider myself fortunate).
Besides the challenge of being soaked with sweat at inopportune times, there are other reasons to be concerned if you experience a lot of hot flashes and night sweats. That’s because research is suggesting that having lots of hot flashes may be linked to poor bone health.
A new study out of the University of California Los Angeles’ David Geffen School of Medicine used data from 23,573 women who were participants in the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Trial. All of the...
Alternative Names Transverse wrist fracture; Dinner-fork deformity of the wrist Symptoms Change in the shape or angle of the forearm just above the wrist Inability to hold or lift heavy objects Wrist pain Swelling just above the wrist
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